Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Bartlett  /  Religious Sites  /  BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Bartlett
(4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Chicago, Illinois is a traditional Hindu place of worship built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which is headed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, is a denomination of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. The mandir, located in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, opened on August 8, 2004. It is built of hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone. The mandir is the largest of its kind in Illinois and was constructed according to guidelines outlined in ancient Hindu texts of temple architecture. The complex spreads over 27 acres and, in addition to the mandir, includes a haveli and a small bookstore. The haveli is a cultural center in which weekly congregations are held. The mandir is open daily for worship and to visitors.Mandir and Daily RitualsThe temple, classified within traditional Hindu architecture as a ‘Shikharbadha mandir,’ has been built according to principles laid out in the Shilpa Shastras. The Shilpa Shastras are Hindu texts prescribing standards of sacred architecture. Within the mandir are different shrines, in which murtis (sacred images of Hindu deities) have been installed. The central shrine holds the murti of Swaminarayan, with Gunatitanand Swami to his left, together worshipped as Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj. Other shrines hold the murtis of Ghanshyam Maharaj, Harikrishna Maharaj, Shri Radha Krishna, Shri Shiva Parvati, Shri Sita Ram, Hanumanji, Ganapatiji and the lineage of BAPS gurus who are Swaminarayan’s spiritual successors. The murtis become worthy of worship after being imbued with the living presence of the deities. Accordingly, the Swaminarayan sadhus (Hindu monks) offer devotional worship to the deities throughout the day. The sadhus awaken the deities before dawn by singing morning hymns, called prabhatiya. Managala aarti, which is the first of five aartis, is also performed at this time. Aarti is a ritual where devotees sing the glory of God while a lighted wick is circulated before the murtis. After managala aarti, the deities are bathed and offered food and garments that vary with the season. After the murtis have been adorned with garments, shangaar aarti is performed. At midday, rajabhoga aarti is performed and food is offered to the murtis. Food that has been offered to the deities is considered sanctified, and is distributed to devotees as holy prasadam. In the evening, sandhya aarti is performed before offering food to the murtis. The sadhus put the murtis to rest by adorning them with night garments. Shayana aarti is performed at this time. Chamber doors are closed when food is being offered and when the murtis are put to rest.
Put BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and other Bartlett attractions into our Bartlett vacation generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
Source
Create a full Bartlett itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bartlett

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Illinois by other users

3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: December, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Washington DC & Chicago BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in United States & Canada BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in Quebec, Ottawa & United States BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago & Minneapolis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA April, relaxing, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Bengaluru & Chicago BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Chicago & Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We stopped by here on our journey through Illinois and were happy we did. A beautiful building and a peaceful place. We were lucky enough to go on a sunny day, so we really loved it. We didn't go insi...  more »
  • If you are interested in other cultures, please visit this site. The architectural detail is worth it if nothing else. The staff is so friendly and helpful, eager to share their religion and culture. ...  more »
  • I was fortunate to visit this divine place one more time and I felt I am one step closer to my hometown in India. 
Google
  • Amazing place for relaxing and renew thoughts . Beautiful temple with handmade carving that will be take your breath and stop everything around (promise u) . Atmosphere around in a BAPS Mandir is awesome for meditation and concentration. This place it's a good opportunity to restart your mind;) And don't forget to walk around a temple and lay down on a grass:)
  • I was pretty excited when my Comparative Religions professor asked us to conduct an observation on a religious event different from our own. I grew up driving past the BAPS temple often and was always curious to know more about it. I made a visit this morning, July 16th, 2016. Once I had found, what I believe, was the information desk, I told the young man behind the desk about the situation. Before I could finish what I was saying, he was handing me a business card. I thought, "ok, a little rude; I haven't finished talking yet. He must get students like this all the time, it must get annoying." Whatever. He told me to call the number on the business card, I assume to set a date and time. I exit the building, get in my car, and make the phone call. It sounds EXACTLY like the guy who I had just spoken to at the information desk. I thought maybe I was wrong. I told him what was going on, he hung up on me. I called again, asked to speak to someone else since he'd hung up on me, he hung up, again. I have heard great things from this temple, I'm beyond disappointed that I had the complete opposite experience.
  • Its a beautiful gift from BHARTIYA (Indian) Gurus and Satsangi to Indian Americans. we pray for them & long live Bhartiya Sanskriti.
  • Very quite and beautiful temple. The art made in this temple are very intricate and beautiful. Love to visit this place when ever I go to Chicago.
  • They got like 7 Pokestops, I've been secretly living there for days. So many Pokeballs...